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Wondershare PDFelement 8 levels up the ultimate document solution

Wondershare PDFelement 8 levels up the ultimate document solution

No matter how much you profess that we're living in a digital age, just like our predecessors, we still rely on documents to get our message across — be it a sales pitch, an inventory list, or even an invoice. All that has changed are the forms these documents take — and the tools we use to create or modify them. With the release of Wondershare PDFelement 8, the company’s latest PDF iteration, those tools have been upgraded to make working with documents more pleasurable than you might think.

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Windows 10 chkdsk bug causing boot failures addressed by Microsoft

Windows 10 chkdsk bug causing boot failures addressed by Microsoft

Microsoft recently acknowledged an issue that some Windows 10 customers have been complaining about. The issue caused the Windows 10 devices to fail to boot when the chkdsk tool was used to repair file system errors. For those unfamiliar, chkdsk is a command-line tool used to check Windows drive volumes for logical and physical errors.

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SolarWinds hack also affected a hospital, major tech companies

SolarWinds hack also affected a hospital, major tech companies

Back in the days, hacking attempts and data breaches often got away with personal user information. While the security and privacy implications of such incidents are grave, they don't often have life-threatening consequences. These days, nothing is sacred, and even hospitals and healthcare facilities can become the targets of such activities. The most recent example is the scandalous SolarWinds exploit that has gone beyond just US government agencies and megacorporations, creating backdoors into at least one identified university and one hospital.

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Adobe Premiere Pro, Rush, Audition Beta now on Apple M1 Silicon

Adobe Premiere Pro, Rush, Audition Beta now on Apple M1 Silicon

Apple's ARM-based M1 Macs have definitely conquered the computing and tech news, at least until Cyberpunk 2077's disastrous launch took over. The chip's power and capabilities have definitely impressed both users and pundits but all that is for naught if apps don't take advantage of it. While the Rosetta 2 emulation layer also does a surprisingly impressive job, nothing still beats running native software directly. That's why it's no small news when a popular program announces support for M1 Macs, especially when that program happens to come from Adobe.

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Zoom native Apple Silicon M1 app coming in time for the holidays

Zoom native Apple Silicon M1 app coming in time for the holidays

Although originally conceived for serious meetings, Zoom has quickly become the buzzword for video conferencing, no matter the purpose, and Zoom knows that too well. Proof of that is how it's waiving its 40-minute limit for free accounts on certain holidays, expecting and hoping its service will be used for virtual family and friends gatherings. One other step it's taking is to roll out a native version of its app for Apple's shiny new M1 Macs so extend your chatting time by a few more hours.

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Skype gets Together Mode from Teams to create virtual get-togethers

Skype gets Together Mode from Teams to create virtual get-togethers

Microsoft Teams' Together Mode feature has arrived in Skype, enabling more people to see themselves as part of a group using the power of AI. With Together Mode, participants in a video call are presented next to each other rather than isolated in their own windows, providing a more compact view of everyone in a somewhat more natural arrangement.

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Microsoft acknowledges it was hacked via SolarWinds exploit

Microsoft acknowledges it was hacked via SolarWinds exploit

As if the year wasn't bad enough, it seems that 2020 will be ending on a very low note, especially for the IT and cybersecurity community. Reports of several US government agencies being hacked sprung up a few days ago but it seems that the actual damage goes further than that. If the reports are true, which Microsoft pretty much confirms, alleged state-sponsored actors have been able to compromise and infiltrate organizations and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic and the number of victims still keeps growing.

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WhatsApp calls on Web and Desktop now available in beta

WhatsApp calls on Web and Desktop now available in beta

When it comes to Facebook's instant messaging services, its own Messenger and Instagram are probably the most known. That said, there are definitely people and even businesses that rely on that other major messaging platform, WhatsApp. Like Instagram, WhatsApp has mostly been very phone-centric to the point that you couldn't use it anywhere else. Those days are slowly numbered and the latest beta feature will be bringing feature parity with WhatsApp on the desktop.

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New Android phones could get 4 years of OS updates

New Android phones could get 4 years of OS updates

Android phones could commit to four years of software updates, if Qualcomm and Google have their way, aiming to address one of the lingering frustrations owners have - and one of the persistent criticisms from Apple. The two companies plan to "enhance and extend" Project Treble to make it easier for smartphone-makers to push out new Android OS updates for older phones.

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Facebook slams Apple for insisting on ad tracking transparency

Facebook slams Apple for insisting on ad tracking transparency

Apple is demanding apps reveal their privacy impact on users, and Facebook isn't happy about it, with the social network taking out full-page ads complaining that upcoming tracking changes in iOS will take a toll on small businesses. The in-app tracking policy - which Apple has already delayed launching - has prompted ire between the two firms, with Facebook accusing Apple of making its advertising business "ineffective" on the newest iOS releases.

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Office 365 now supports Apple Silicon natively – and that’s not all

Office 365 now supports Apple Silicon natively – and that’s not all

Microsoft 365 for Mac has been updated with native support for Apple Silicon, with the core Office apps now running at their best on chipsets like the M1 in the newest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The update, released today, also brings a redesign to Microsoft 365, bringing it in line with the rest of macOS Big Sur.

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MacOS Big Sur 11.1 arrives with app privacy labels, AirPods Max support

MacOS Big Sur 11.1 arrives with app privacy labels, AirPods Max support

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.1, adding a number of new features including App Store 'privacy labels' and support for the AirPods Max model. This marks the first big update for Big Sur following the macOS 11 release in recent weeks, and it's available now for Mac owners to download from the Software Update menu.

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